If you're already a fan of taking coffee naps (on coffee-infused bed sheets no less), we'd probably be assuming correctly that you're a believer in the health benefits of a daily latte. The espresso addicts of the world are quick to point out why it's good for you: From its ability to lessen the risk of heart disease, to being able to aid in cutting pain after a gym workout. And in a recent study conducted by the European Society of Cardiology, it looks like coffee consumption is now associated with a lower risk of early death.
The study, which began in 1999, analysed more than 22,500 graduating Spanish university students. Participants were asked to fill out a food frequency questionnaire with researchers looking out for coffee consumption patterns and existing health conditions as markers. Patients' health was then followed-up on for an average of 10 years. The findings? During that 10-year period, those who consumed at least four cups of coffee per day had a 64 percent lower risk of mortality than those who didn't really drink coffee.
Researcher Dr. Navarro has said of the findings: "We found an inverse association between drinking coffee and the risk of all-cause mortality, particularly in people aged 45 years and above. This may be due to a stronger protective association among older participants. Our findings suggest that drinking four cups of coffee each day can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people." And while we're not necessarily saying that adding more coffee to your diet will prove to be a youth elixir, it's nice knowing that our beverage of choice isn't completely doing us damage.